On February 9, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation (Senate Bill 114) providing up to two additional weeks of paid time off if an employee is sick with COVID-19, or if they have to take care of a family member who contracts the disease. The law takes effect immediately and is retroactive to January 1, 2022, but an employer’s obligation to provide 2022 COVID-19 supplemental California paid sick leave (CPSL) does not begin until 10 days after the governor signs: February 19, 2022. Leave is available through September 30, 2022.
The law is similar to legislation that expired in September last year.
What kinds of employers are covered?
Small businesses are exempt. The new law only applies to businesses with 26 employees or more.
Who are covered employees?
Covered employees are those unable to work or telework due to certain reasons related to COVID-19, including: